Lexington County firefighters battle mobile home fire in Red Bank early Monday
Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington County firefighters were on the scene of a mobile home fire on Sandy Springs Lane in the Red Bank area of the county Monday. The fire was dispatched to multiple fire stations just before 5:50 a.m.
Callers reported the home had heavy smoke coming from it when they contacted the county’s 911 center. When the first firefighters arrived, they confirmed they had a fully involved structure. As more units arrived, a water supply was established from a nearby hydrant while other crew members pulled their attack lines and began fighting the blaze.
As is standard procedure, both battalion chiefs were committed to the fire. One normally holds the key function of incident commander while the second acts as a safety officer. This person watches the overall fire ground operation for anything that might injure firefighters or anyone else who might be on the scene. A senior officer who is assigned as duty officer for the county was alerted and begins to monitor the radio. This is done in the event firefighters are needed somewhere else on another emergency.
In about 15-minutes, firefighters reported that they had knocked down much of the fire. They were trying to initiate a primary search of the home, but the intensity of the fire and the damage to the interior of the home was making that more difficult. Crews were later informed that the home was being used as the park's maintenance workshop and was filled with tools and other items for that purpose.
The fire was reported out in about an hour. The crews were able to pickup and reload their equipment without impacting the traffic on Platt Springs Road. Everyone had left the fire scene by 8:00 a.m.